Explain how weather conditions and social conditions effect the mood of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  

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Tamara K. H. | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

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In the first chapter we learn that the social conditions for the main characters, the Bucket family, in the book Charlie and Chocolate Factory, is extreme poverty.  Mr. Bucket works in a factory and barely earns enough to feed his family.  In chapter nine, we see these conditions growing worse for the Bucket family, especially Charlie Bucket, when the weather turns cold.  The cold is quite a hardship Charlie must endure because it makes him feel even hungrier and he forgets all about finding the golden ticket.  With the description of the social condition and the weather, the mood at this point in the story is one of depression and frustration.

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